Chonburi FC lose in Melbourne (May 22, 2008)


MELBOURNE: Chonburi FC suffered a 3-1 defeat against Melbourne Victory in their last group match of the AFC Champions League yesterday. Brazilian Ney Fabiano gave the Sharks the lead after 55 minutes only for Kevin Muscat to equalise for the Australians moments later. The home side hit two more goals from Australia international striker Archie Thompson (65) and Carlos Hernandez (77).

The win avenged Melbourne's loss by the same scoreline in Bangkok in March. It sent the Thailand Premier League champions to bottom of Group G while the Aussies finished second.

In the other Group G match, Gamba Osaka of Japan, who had already qualified for the quarter-finals, drew 1-1 with Chunnam Dragons of South Korea.

Chonburi coach Jadet Meelarp said he was disappointed by the defeat and that he was unhappy with his men's performance.

In Bangkok, Krung Thai Bank, who had been eliminated, ended their AFC Champions League campaign on a winning note after they held on for an impressive 5-3 Group F victory over Beijing Guoan.

Nantawat Thaensopa scored four goals as the Thais raced to a comfortably 5-1 lead. But they were forced to withstand a late Beijing rally, for whom Tiago Honorio netted a hat-trick.

Krung Thai Bank extinguished the Chinese side's faint hopes of reaching the knockout stages with only their second win of the competition.

In the other Group F game, Japan's Kashima Antlers claimed a quarters berth after smashing Vietnam's Nam Dinh 4-0.